President to serve as grand marshal of Daytona 500
Racing fans are anticipating the arrival of President Trump who will be attending the Daytona 500.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Good Day Orlando kicked off race day on Sunday morning from 7-10 a.m. with live coverage from Daytona International Speedway ahead of the Daytona 500!
More than 100,000 racing fans are expected to pack the stands for the 'Great American Race.' Those lucky fans will be a part of history, as President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are in attendance.
Trump has been given the honor of serving as the grand marshal for the event, meaning he delivered the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.
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Good Day Orlando got a chance to see how the big event is put together ahead of the big race, from who paints the track, to fan experiences, to interviews with some of the most iconic racing legends. We even saw a marriage proposal!
U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS
Thunderbirds at Daytona 500
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over the Daytona 500. FOX 35 speaks to some of the pilots in the cockpit.
JIMMIE JOHNSON AND JEFF GORDON
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson talk Daytona 500
FOX 35 talks to racing legends Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson ahead of the Daytona 500.
NASCAR DRIVER AND MILITARY SERVICEMEMBER JESSE IWUJI
Daytona 500: Jesse Iwuji
NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji talks to FOX 35 about doing double duty as a member of the military.
CATCHING UP WITH DENNY HAMLIN'S CREW CHIEF
Daytona 500: Catching up with Denny Hamlin’s Crew Chief
FOX 35's Ryan Elijah talks to race car driver Denny Hamlin's Crew Chief, Chris Gabehart.
FANS GETTING EXCITED FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP
David Does It: Daytona 500 Fan Zone
FOX 35's David Martin is checking out all the fun in store for racing fans at the Daytona 500.
PREPARING THE TRACK
Daytona 500: Preparing the track
FOX 35 is learning what it takes to prepare the track for racers during the Daytona 500.
RACING FAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND ON TRACK
A Daytona 500 proposal
FOX 35 was there when a racing fan proposed to his girlfriend at the track at Daytona International Speedway!
DAYTONA 500: CHATTING WITH JUANITA 'LIGHTNIN' ETPON
Daytona 500: Chatting with Juanita ‘Lightnin’ Etpon
A woman who has been working at the Daytona International Speedway for 62 years talks to FOX 35 about her passion for racing.
TOYOTA FAN EXPERIENCE
Daytona 500: Toyota Fan Experience
FOX 35 is checking out all the activities for racing fans coming to Daytona International Speedway, including the Toyota Fan Experience!
DAVID DOES IT: FUN FOR FANS
David Does It: Fan fun ahead of the Daytona 500
FOX 35's David Martin checks out all the fun for fans ahead of the Daytona 500!
FOOD AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Behind the scenes: Food at Daytona International Speedway
FOX 35 is getting a behind-the-scenes look at the delicious food being served up ahead of the Daytona 500.
DAYTONA 500: DANIEL SUAREZ
Daytona 500: Daniel Suárez
FOX 35 talks to race car driver Daniel Suarez.
DAYTONA 500 on FOX: Pre-race coverage begins at 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX 35 followed by the race at 2:30 p.m. Good Day Orlando will be live from the Daytona International Speedway that morning between 7 and 10 a.m.